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Tackling Challenges to Agile Test Automation

Tackling Challenges to Agile Test Automation

Test automation is key to Agile development. And being on an Agile team means that we are always addressing these questions: How far should we automate? What should not be included? How quickly can we develop, test, and deliver?

Treat Your Team Like a Horse

Treat Your Team Like a Horse

People who work with horses make better leaders, according to a Swedish study. I've found this to be true in my handling of Scrum teams, and here's why.

Retrospective of Retrospectives

Retrospective of Retrospectives

In looking at a series of team retrospectives, the data told me that the same issues were resurfacing after every other sprint. That is when I realized that the team should have a Retrospective of Retrospectives.

Sobre Amigos y Bandidos, or About Friends and Bandits

Sobre Amigos y Bandidos, or About Friends and Bandits

We have tried the Three Amigos planning process (as shared in an earlier member article), and here I'd like to share my thoughts about it, including how we are using it and what areas we have modified for our team.

Prepare Before You Plan!

Prepare Before You Plan!

An issue with most IT project teams is that they jump into solution implementation without proper planning. I would like to discuss an important responsibility of a ScrumMaster and a best practice to ensure that proper planning is done.

Where Does the Architect's Role Fit on a Scrum Team?

Where Does the Architect's Role Fit on a Scrum Team?

We all agree with the importance of architects for coming up with logical, physical, and application architecture. However, I have yet to see a team that has a fully committed architect.

Agile Transition in the Creative Economy

Agile Transition in the Creative Economy

Transitioning to Agile is as much about organizational change, empowering your teams, and a mindset shift as it is about changing the way your teams do their day-to-day work. There are a few things that will help you, as a manager, through this transition.

ScrumMaster Versus Project Manager

ScrumMaster Versus Project Manager

The distinction between the ScrumMaster and the traditional project manager is often confusing to organizational leaders. This article aims to clarify the differences between the two roles, in an effort to deepen the understanding of how value is derived from each of them.

Program Failures When Your Organization Is Not Ready for Agile

Program Failures When Your Organization Is Not Ready for Agile

I worked in a program recently wherein part of the work was done in Waterfall and the other part was done in Agile. Here are the problems we quickly ran into.

Making the Invisible Visible

Making the Invisible Visible

It is all too common for Agile teams to see the task burn-down chart in isolation of the big picture, a tendency that provides a false sense of security. Here are some ways I tackled this problem, working with my own team.

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